Fierce competition on the Stour

The 136th Sudbury Rowing Regatta, Members of Sudbury Rowing Club in the Men's Division 7 race v Broxbourne. ANL-160608-182928009
The 136th Sudbury Rowing Regatta, Members of Sudbury Rowing Club in the Men's Division 7 race v Broxbourne. ANL-160608-182928009

Competition was as fierce as ever in Sudbury Rowing Club’s 136th Regatta with more than 200 races taking place in glorious conditions on the River Stour on Saturday.

Home crews had a number of successes on the course, which in full is 650 metres long with crews racing side by side and having the added challenge of steering around the bend at speed.

The Sprint Eights event is 350 metres along Friars Meadow and proved to be fast and exciting for the spectators with some very closes finishes.

Although the Sudbury crew of George Jackson, George Cook, Tom Horton, Jack McLoughlin, Alex Blackman, Keiron Dibley, Tom Bowles, Mark Hughes, Holly Adams (cox) won their heat, they were beaten in the semi-final by the eventual winners — a Broxbourne/Tideway Scullers/ Molesey BC composite crew. This year the youngest competitors were the Junior 11 single scullers with a crew from Maidstone, Rob Roy in Cambridge and Sudbury competing.

The Sudbury sculler, Harry Moule, had his very first regatta race against the sculler from Maidstone, crossing the line first and showing some real potential. But the eventual winner was Rob Roy.

Other Sudbury crews included the men’s novice coxed four and women’s novice coxed four, who both reached the finals but found the opposition too strong.

Sudbury had many juniors racing and Callum Power had a double celebration, first winning in the junior 18 single scullers event before also triumphing when teaming up with Morgan Moriarty in the junior 18 double sculls.

The junior 16 double sculls event was won by Natasha Treagust and Emma Rogers while the junior 15 double sculls event was also won by a Sudbury crew of Nell Belcher and Amelia Moule.

Another win for Sudbury came from the women’s novice coxed quad of Jen Titterington, Asha Thobhani, Catherine Smith, Vickie Hayton and Amelia Moule (cox).